Citizens Charitable Foundation awards $250K in grants to nonprofits

CITIZENS BANK LEADERSHIP celebrates the donation of $200,000 to the Citizens Charitable Foundation in 2016, which was distributed to nonprofits in 2017. From left: Citizens Bank officials Brad Conner, vice chairman, consumer banking, and Don McCree, vice chairman, commercial banking, join Bruce Van Saun, Citizens chairman and CEO; Barbara Cottam, chair of Citizens Charitable Foundation; Sasha Purpura of Food for Free; and David Caprio of Children’s Friend and Service. / COURTESY CITIZENS BANK
CITIZENS BANK LEADERSHIP celebrates the donation of $200,000 to the Citizens Charitable Foundation in 2016, which was distributed to nonprofits in 2017. From left: Citizens Bank officials Brad Conner, vice chairman, consumer banking, and Don McCree, vice chairman, commercial banking, join Bruce Van Saun, Citizens chairman and CEO; Barbara Cottam, chair of Citizens Charitable Foundation; Sasha Purpura of Food for Free; and David Caprio of Children’s Friend and Service. / COURTESY CITIZENS BANK

PROVIDENCE – In a late-November announcement, Citizens Charitable Foundation disclosed that it had donated grants totaling nearly $250,000 to local nonprofits in 2017.

The campaign was funded by both payroll deductions during the organization’s annual payroll giving campaign as well as $200,000 in personal donations by Citizens Bank senior leadership made at the close of 2016. In a statement, Barbara Cottam, chairman of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, said the generosity of Citizens employees is “commendable.”

She added that Citizens Charitable Foundation grants “will fund great organizations that are working hard every day to make a difference.”

This year’s grant recipients were voted on by Citizens employees and focus on the bank’s priority giving themes: financial literacy, fighting hunger and strengthening communities.

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They are:

  • Children’s Friend and Service (Rhode Island)
  • YearUp (Massachusetts)
  • Philabundance (Pennsylvania)
  • Meals on Wheels for Western New York Inc. (New York)
  • Freestore Food Bank (Ohio)
  • Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA (Pennsylvania)
  • Forgotten Harvest (Michigan)
  • New London Community Meal Center (Connecticut)
  • Families in Transition (New Hampshire)
  • FeedMore (Virgina)
  • Lund Family Center (Vermont)
  • Food Bank of Delaware (Delaware)
  • Cathedral Soup Kitchen (New Jersey)
  • Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County (Illinois)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (North Carolina)

Recipient organizations submitted proposals for how they will use their funds prior to being selected. More information regarding Citizens’ community programs can be found online.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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